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Upcoming Events:

August 1, 2020: The 19th Amendment: Expanding the Arc of the Suffrage Story ~ A Panel Discussion, Bozeman
*Rescheduled for Fall 2020*

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of the Rockies, 600 W. Kagy Blvd.
Bozeman , MT 59717

Join four remarkable scholars and activists for a conversation about women’s suffrage, past and present.


Past Events:

April 30 – May 1, 2020: Missoula GIVES 2020

Encourage and support a brighter future for Montana’s women and girls – by participating in Missoula Gives 2020!

Join us Thursday, April 30th at 5:00pm to announce the start of our 2020 Online Missoula Gives campaign, to reach our fundraising goal of $1,000 for Montana women and girls. We understand that these are challenging times–but we need your support now more than ever.

This year, the Women’s Foundation is celebrating our 20th year investing in systems change and programs that give women and girls the skills they need to succeed! Together we will continue to advance equity and opportunity for Montana women for the next twenty years and beyond.

Between April 30th at 5 and May 1st, you can donate to the Women’s Foundation of Montana via our personalized online weblink (https://www.missoulagives.org/organizations/women-s-foundation-of-montana), and help us qualify for additional cash prizes through Missoula Gives.

More About Missoula Gives:
Missoula Gives is a two day giving event fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Missoula Gives is an initiative of Missoula Community Foundation.

Each donation made to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed directly from GiveGab via direct deposit within 24-48 hours.

Anyone may donate. Donations through the Missoula Gives online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only. Cash and checks will be accepted at any of the in-person events during Missoula Gives or at the nonprofit of your choice. Donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.


April 30, 2020: WEBINAR – PowerHouse Helena Presents: Coffee Catch-up

Join Powerhouses Julia Bryant and Davey Madison for a discussion around women’s empowerment while sipping your morning brew. Let’s dive into this topic and unveil what is most important to us in empowerment. What does it mean to us personally? Professionally? And how can we effectively communicate these needs in our local and statewide community.


April 23, 2020: WEBINAR – PowerHouse Flathead Presents: Work Smart!

Join the Women’s Foundation of Montana’s PowerHouse Montana and the AAUW of Montana for a free salary negotiation workshop on April 23! It is free, but registration is required.

What is the pay gap?
The difference between what an average woman working full-time is paid compared to the average man. American women earn only 80 percent of their male counterparts, a pay gap of 20 percent. Black and Hispanic women earn even less. Even just one year out of college, women are paid 18 percent less than men.

Why does it matter?
The pay gap has lifelong financial effects that grow over time, from the ability to pay for education and childcare to saving for retirement, impacting women in nearly every profession. Over the course of her working life, a woman will earn roughly $1 million less than a man.

Why is Work Smart the answer?
While the pay gap results from many factors — including discrimination — gender differences in salary negotiation play a role. Men are four times more likely to negotiate their starting salary, and negotiations on average result in higher pay. Learning to confidently negotiate your salary will help ensure you earn the pay and benefits you deserve.

How it works
At one of our free, two-hour salary negotiation workshops, you will learn to:
• Identify and articulate your personal value
• Develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies
• Conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
• About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences on your career


April 9, 2020: WEBINAR – PowerHouse Presents: Immediate Federal Funding Options for Small Businesses

Join Suzi Bergen-White and PowerHouse Montana, a program of the Women’s Foundation of Montana, for a free webinar on federal funding options for small businesses.

The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Payment Protection Program are part of The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act for Small Business. The funding opportunities are being rolled out and changes are happening daily. Learn current information about these programs and the options for your small business.

This live online training is for small businesses, solo entrepreneurs, employers, non-profits & franchisees.

3 Things You’ll Learn:
– Funding options available to help businesses
– Tips to successfully apply for assistance
– Top resources for accurate information
This session will go through the application processes, step-by-step.

This webinar is free, but space is limited. Please register to get access to the Zoom webinar.


March 29 – April 2, 2020: Cheers for Change Montana: Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula

We’re recognizing Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how much longer it takes for the average woman* to make the amount that the average man had made in the previous year. Join the Women’s Foundation of Montana for our fourth annual Cheers for Change series at the locations nearest to you!

Cheers for Change 2020 is a series of 7 statewide events on the week of March 29 at hand-selected Montanan breweries and wineries. Each of these locations are generously donating a part of their proceed towards the Women’s Foundation of Montana, supporting our work to close the wage gap in our state.

Our Cheers for Change 2020 Communities:
Sunday 03/29
Bozeman – Bozeman Brewing Company
Helena – Ten Mile Brewing
Tuesday 03/31
Billings – Thirsty Street Brewing Company
Bozeman – Bridger Brewing Company
Great Falls – Enbar
Missoula – Imagine Nation Brewing Company
Thursday 04/02
Butte – Headframe Spirits

More on the Gender Pay Gap, here: https://now.org/resource/the-gender-pay-gap-myth-vs-fact/

*Note: This date does not account for women of color, who still continue to face further economic discrimination with Asian American Women making $.85, African American Women making $.61, Native American Women making $.58, and Latina Women making $.53, comparatively to a man’s dollar.

Questions? Email Erika at erika@mtcf.org


March 26, 2020: PowerHouse Flathead, Kalispell

PowerHouse Montana is an online platform designed to connect Montana women to the mentors and resources they need to succeed. It is a source for entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers alike. Register yourself or nominate another powerhouse in your community and grow your network straight from your computer.Join us as we work to create a brighter future for Montana women and girls because when women prosper, communities thrive! www.powerhousemt.org

The PowerHouse: Montana initiative is a series of monthly gatherings across the state of Montana. These events were created to encouraging mentorship, and networking opportunities among Montana women.


March 2, 2020: Women Lead Central Montana, Lewistown

Come and “Embrace Opportunity” with us this year. Snowy Mountain Development and Women Lead Central Montana are working together to bring you another opportunity to grow and learn together.


February 27, 2020: PowerHouse Flathead, Kalispell

Join us at the Tailing Loop Winery in Kalispell for networking, learning and wisdom-sharing.

Topic: TBA
Organizers: Dorothy Meyer, Kim Morisaki, Sherrie Patterson,
Krista Borgardt, and Callie Schieffer

PowerHouse Montana is an online platform designed to connect Montana women to the mentors and resources they need to succeed. It is a source for entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers alike. Register yourself or nominate another powerhouse in your community and grow your network straight from your computer.Join us as we work to create a brighter future for Montana women and girls because when women prosper, communities thrive! www.powerhousemt.org

The PowerHouse: Montana initiative is a series of monthly gatherings across the state of Montana. These events were created to encouraging mentorship, and networking opportunities among Montana women.


February 24, 2020: PowerHouse Great Falls, Great Falls

Relocate, Integrate, Engage!
Join us for the first PowerHouse Great Falls meeting of 2020. We want to meet you! Whether you’re new to the area or have been here forever, this topic can apply to you. Share your stores of relocation, integration, and engagement. It can be hard to integrate yourself into a new community or even one you have known forever.


February 22, 2020: Girls’ STEM Roundup, Helena

Celebrate girls and women passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)!

Join us Saturday, February 22nd for the 8th Annual ExplorationWorks Girls’ STEM Round-up! This fun-filled day of learning is sure to inspire 5th-8th grade girls to become our next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math career women.


February 17, 2020 : PowerHouse Billings, Billings

Join us in Billings for networking, learning and wisdom-sharing.
Host: Lisa Matovich Brooke
Facilitator: Jen Rahr

PowerHouse Montana is an online platform designed to connect Montana women to the mentors and resources they need to succeed. It is a source for entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers alike. Register yourself or nominate another powerhouse in your community and grow your network straight from your computer.Join us as we work to create a brighter future for Montana women and girls – because when women prosper, communities thrive! www.powerhousemt.org

The PowerHouse: Montana initiative is a series of monthly gatherings across the state of Montana. These events were created to encouraging mentorship, and networking opportunities among Montana women.


February 8, 2020: Girls for a Change Summit, Bozeman

What is the Girls for a Change Summit?
The Girls for a Change Summit, hosted at the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, MT, is an annual, day-long event devoted to encouraging high school-age girls to step out of their comfort zones and experience a day of incredible fun. Girls that attend make new friends, try things they’ve never done, and explore new possibilities for their future. Facebook Event.

IGNITE. CREATE. LEAD.
The upcoming 2020 girls summit on February 8 at MSU Bozeman, hosted by Thrive, will inspire high school girls from all across Montana. The goal of this year’s summit is to IGNITE the inherent potential of every girl, inspire them to CREATE the world they want, and become thoughtful LEADERS in their own communities.

This one-day summit is like no other and it brings together hundreds of girls to participate in over 35+ workshops.  Jennifer Perry, inventor of the Jelt Belt, is the Keynote Speaker and workshops include topics like jewelry making, STEM careers, leadership, cooking, yoga and more!


February 7 – 8, 2020: Women’s Policy Leadership Institute, Helena

Conference Registration Only (Includes Saturday lunch.) $75
Partial and full scholarships are available to attendees. Scholarships can be requested as part of the registration process.

Sponsors
Sponsors are a crucial part of making this incredible conference happen every year. The Women’s Policy Leadership Institute has grown significantly in the last couple years and we need your help to continue making this event accessible to our entire community. Email MWV Deputy Director, Kylie Gursky at kylie@montanawomenvote.org

Questions about WPLI? Contact Community Organizer Danielle Vazquez at danielle@montanawomenvote.org


October 14 – 16, 2019: Innovate Montana, Butte

This year’s Innovate Montana Symposium will bring together accomplished entrepreneurs, investors, influential business leaders, small business owners, and support organizations to ignite innovation and inspire entrepreneurship in Montana communities. The three-day event will focus on spurring creativity through catalytic learning; with engaging discussions, workshops and facilitated events to activate networking among attendees. In it’s fourth year, we are proud to bring The Symposium to Butte, Montana to showcase the startup activity and business climate in the Mining City.


July 25 – 28, 2019: Red Ants Pants Music Festival, White Sulphur Springs

We were proud to be sponsors of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival again this year!

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival was founded in 2011. It is designed to bring people together and is a program of the 501(c)(3) Red Ants Pants Foundation. Our non-profit is dedicated to women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities. We use proceeds from the festival to fund our grant cycle and run our timber skills and women’s leadership programming. The festival was founded and is produced by Red Ants Pants owner Sarah Calhoun. Yes, a little Made in the USA pants company started a music festival. Not the usual path for small business, but why not?

More on the Red Ants Pants 2018 Festival, here.


May 1 – 2: Athena Pack Conference. Bozeman 

The theme for Athena 2019 is BE BRAVE, it has been shaped by our previous two events and the fantastic feedback from all of our attendees.

The event will include healthy, fantastic food, with gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian options, as well as morning exercise options, built in movement throughout the day, and light-you-up speakers and personal mission, vision, values and most important, YOU time. We want you to have whitespace to DO the work while you’re at the event, we have built this time into the event.

More on Athena, here.


April 8 – 9: Cheers for Change Statewide: Billings, Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula

Celebrate Women’s Equal Pay Day (AKA the day when women’s earnings catch-up to that of their male equivalents from the previous year) across the state of Montana alongside the Women’s Foundation of Montana and our outstanding Cheers for Change partners! Bring your friends, grab your favorite drink – and donate to promoting economic equality for all.

Cheers for Change 2019 consists of (7) statewide events on April 8th and 9th at hand-selected, progressive Montanan breweries, wineries and distilleries which act as a charity pint night for closing the wage gap!

Our Cheers for Change 2019 Communities:
Billings – Thirsty Street Brewing Company
Butte – Headframe Spirits
Bozeman – Bridger Brewing
Great Falls – Mighty Mo Brewing Company
Helena – Blackfoot River Brewing
Kalispell – The Tailing Loop Winery
and Missoula – Montgomery Distillery

More on the Gender Pay Gap, here: https://now.org/resource/the-gender-pay-gap-myth-vs-fact/

*Note: This date does not account for women of color, who still continue to face further economic discrimination with Asian American Women making $.85, African American Women making $.61, Native American Women making $.58, and Latina Women making $.53, comparatively to a man’s dollar.

Questions? Email Maggie @ maggie@mtcf.org

Facebook Event, here.


April 1, 2020: Equal Pay Day Eve Party, Helena

Enjoy delicious food and drinks and great conversation in the best of company, as we release our new Montana Women in Workforce Report and work together to Close the Gap!

When: Equal Pay Day Eve, Monday, April 1st: 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: ‘Downstairs’ at the Brewhouse
939 Getchell St. Helena

With Special Guests: Senator Diane Sands and Dr. Sara Rinfret
Hosted By: Kali Wicks, Aimee Grmoljez, Linda Carlson, Mary Rutherford, Davey Madison, Reagen Lowrey Lozar and Julia Bryant-Barrantes

Suggested Donation: $25

To RSVP: Contact Jen Euell at (406) 461-7695 or jeneuell@mtcf.org

Facebook Event, here.


February 12 – 14, 2019: Tribal Relations Training and Small Business Summit

The Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs and the Montana Department of Transportation – Small Business Program are collaborating to bring you an exciting conference!  Join us for 1 day or all 3 days to learn from the knowledge and experience of subject matter experts and each other.

Register, here.


February 8 – 9, 2019:  Montana Women Vote, Women’s Policy Leadership Institute

(WPLI) is an exciting two-day, hands-on, conference about issues that impact women and families in Montana. It is an opportunity for folks of all backgrounds and levels of experience to network, organize, discuss policy issues, and build their skills. WPLI a chance for us to come together and make our voices heard in the state capitol.

The Women’s Policy Leadership Institute is fun, diverse, and open to everyone! Scholarships are available for lodging, registration, and food and we provide carpool help and childcare in an effort to make sure that everyone who wants to come to WPLI can join us.

Register, here.


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